Advice from your New Orleans root canal specialists
If you have a badly damaged tooth, you may be in need of a root canal procedure in order to avoid tooth extraction. Once we assess that you are in need of a root canal and have set your treatment date, it is time to start preparing for the procedure. Many common misconceptions have painted root canals as a painful and/or dangerous treatment that can cause illnesses. In fact, the exact opposite is true. Modern developments in technology have made the procedure relatively painless and extremely effective. Nevertheless, it is important to prepare correctly in order to have the procedure go as smoothly as possible.
Here are your New Orleans root canal specialists’ top four tips to prepare for a root canal treatment:
1. Express your emotions to your dentist
It is extremely important to let your dentist know about any anxiety, concerns, or worries that you have. It is very normal to feel anxious about any type of dental procedure, so do not feel as though you have to suffer in silence. We are used to anxiety in patients and are prepared to provide you with educational information and calming words leading up to the surgery. At Southern Dental Care, it’s our goal to be the nicest dentist in New Orleans, so let us know how we can help you feel calm and prepared!
2. Educate yourself
Educating yourself on the procedure ahead of time can help you mentally prepare for what’s ahead and reduce any anxieties stemming from uncertainty. As mentioned above, our New Orleans root canal specialists will provide you with educational information leading up to the procedure. If you’re looking for more instruction, watch an educational video on root canals under the “endodontics” tab here or read our blog post to find out more about the actual root canal procedure.
3. Choose wisely if you take painkillers
Taking painkillers before coming in for the procedure is often unnecessary and can create issues during the process. Our experienced team will administer anesthesia before the procedure, so one does not need to take pain medication beforehand. Also, it is important to not numb the pain in your tooth before the procedure as your dentist may require you to identify exactly where the pain is located within your tooth. If you are to take a painkiller, it has to be a non-narcotic analgesic like Motrin or Aleve. Do not take any aspirin for 10 days before the treatment.
4. Don’t drink or smoke the night before
You must avoid consuming alcoholic beverages and smoking for 12 hours before the procedure. Smoking and consuming alcoholic beverages can slow and impede the healing process, as they impair your body’s ability to recover from procedures like root canal therapy.
If you think you may require our New Orleans root canal services, please contact us today. Our dental office is conveniently located in Marrero, and we are just 15 minutes from the Central Business District, 20 minutes from the Garden District, and under 30 minutes from the Uptown neighborhoods.